Denis Hurley Centre – Update May/ June 2012

Care • Education • Community

Ukunakekela • Imfundo • Umphakathi

Emmanuel Cathedral, Denis Hurley Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa



Prof Tobias in front of a much younger picture of himself, while holding a 1.5M year old Tanzanian skull. (Pic – Mercury )

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of DHC Patron, Professor Philip Tobias (86) – a great friend of Archbishop Denis Hurley. He was a distinguished scholar, activist and a world renowned palaeontologist. Like Denis Hurley Phillip Tobias, was well known as a principled campaigner against racism and apartheid. They also shared a great interest in the writings of Teilhard de Chardin and the link between science and faith. Tobias was an honorary graduate of the University of KwaZulu‐Natal and Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Witwatersrand. He is most famous for his work at the Sterkfontein fossil site and was a leading authority on the evolution of humankind.


DHC showcased on prize‐winning stall

DHC showcased on prize‐winning stall - (Pic ‐ Rubin Reddy Architects)

Rubin Reddy Architects’ stall at the recent SAPOA (South African Property Owners) Exhibition held at Durban’s International Convention Centre. Ruben Reddy is the architect who has designed the new Denis Hurley Centre. This was why Archbishop Hurley was featured at the RRA stall, along with Mahatma Gandhi (Ruben Reddy has designed a new Gandhi Memorial to be erected near Emmanuel Cathedral) and is working on the new Mandela Children’s Hospital to be built in Gauteng (hence the inclusion of Mandela). RRA won the prize for the best “small stall”. Note that a model of the Denis Hurley Centre is placed in front of the Hurley portrait.



Kimoto Kungwa, Coordinator of Emmanuel Cathedral's Usizo Lwethu Clinic (left), together with Prof Joyce Tsoka‐Gwegweni, (right) with three first year students. (Pic – Jean‐Marie Ntamubano)

A “Health Awareness Day” was held in the piazza at Emmanuel Cathedral on 20 May to help parishioners and members of the public learn more about healthy lifestyles and take various tests (e.g. blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, HIV, TB) to determine their health status. The day was opened by Prof Joyce Tsoka‐Gwegweni of the UKZN Medical School, who explained how the partnership between the Medical School and our Usizo Lwethu Clinic will operate, with research undertaken by students and staff of the Clinic and doctors taking part from time to time to supplement the efforts of our two qualified nurses. Three first year Medical School students assisted in giving information during the Awareness Day along with a number of health professionals who are members of the Cathedral parish and representatives of the municipal and provincial Departments of Health.


Fr Stephen Tully who will host Mgr Nadal’s 80th Birthday Dinner on June 22, 2012.

There’s still time (up till 15 June) for you to book your seat for the Gala Fundraising Dinner on Friday 22 June to celebrate the 80th birthday of Monsignor Paul Nadal. The host for this event in the Parish Centre, will be Father Stephen Tully and you will be entertained by “The Josephs” who promise to sing at least one popular song from each of the eight decades of Mgr Nadal’s life. All proceeds will go to the Denis Hurley Centre, and there will be secure parking in the Cathedral grounds. To book your place (R250 each or R2250 for a table often), contact Eileen Abrahams 083 6693832, also if you would like to sponsor a priest to attend.